Richard Lampkin Speck, M.D.

Born in Denver, CO on January 8, 1924

Departed on February 26, 2018 and resided in Denver, CO

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Richard Lampkin Speck (Dick), 94, passed away on February 26 in his Denver home with his family.

Dick was born in Denver, Colorado, to Richard Theodore Speck and Grace Lampkin Speck on January 8, 1924. His childhood was spent in McPhee in southwestern Colorado, where his father was the company doctor for a logging operation. Dick graduated from East High School in Denver in 1941. He enlisted and trained in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and ultimately served in the Army’s 66th Infantry Division from November 1942 to April 1946 in northern France.

After his military service, Dick finished his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado in 1948, and went on to earn a doctor of medicine from there in 1953. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Dick met Harriet R. Froese while at the University of Colorado and married her on June 23, 1951—the beginning of 66 loving years together. He completed his residency training in 1965 and began a family practice in Cortez, Colorado. Dick continued his education at Yale University under a fellowship to study oncology, and had a General Surgery practice in Denver for several years before retiring.

In his younger years, Dick enjoyed taking ski trips with his family. He took up golf and had a regular outing with his golfing buddies until very recently. At age 90, he hit a hole in one. He mastered the art of wine making with homegrown fruit from his garden that also produced fresh tomatoes, green beans, and peppers. He dabbled in drawing and painting and enjoyed reading and cooking. Dick will be remembered for spending many hours playing a baby grand piano that belonged to his grandmother and was shipped from Texas to Colorado in the late 1800s. He enjoyed playing classical music, especially Chopin, and later in life learned many popular tunes to which he sang along while he played.

Dick was a loyal husband and father, and friend to many. His soft manner and dry humor will be sorely missed by Harriet; his three children Mary (Dennis), Richard (Debbi), and Bill (Susan); and four grandchildren, Kyle, Lindsey, Jennifer, and Tyler.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, Berkley Palliative Care and Hospice (, or a charity of choice. The family members wish to extend their gratitude to the Berkley Hospice and Aurora ComForCare teams, whose caring staff were of great comfort to Dick and his family in his final journey.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Beverly and Bill Frank :

    Dear Harriet and family,

    We are counting our blessings for the times together.

    Beverly and Bill Frank

  2. Erin Johnson :

    What a great photo!
    I will miss him.
    Hope everyone is doing ok.

  3. Joan and Andrew Coulson :

    We will remember Dick fondly as a true renaissance man and raconteur!

    Our love to the family!

  4. Carol and Chuck Cole :

    I felt a special kinship with Dick through our mutual love of music.

    We’ll miss seeing him down front at Grace.

    Love to the family,
    Carol and Chuck Cole

  5. Angela Joyce :

    Truly a man of great talent ! Doctor, artist, musician. He mad the world a better place. God’s blessings to the Speck family and all those he touched. Amen

  6. Jim Barkdull :

    I had the good fortune to sit down with Dick for many years on Tuesdays to enjoy his wit, friendly sarcasm, and genuinely good friendship. He was a Gentleman’s Gentleman in all ways. He will be in our thoughts and hearts for the rest of our days and certainly in mine. Sincerest regards…………Jim

  7. Joan Little Chaffin :

    Dearest Harriet
    May you take comfort in the love you shared with Richard. Your friend from Colorado Chapter NSDAR.

  8. Walter and Susan Weinberg :

    Dear Harriet,
    Dick was such a dear, special man who will be greatly missed.
    I have been so blessed to have you both sitting right behind me every Sunday at Grace. My memories of Dick are very precious.
    Sending love and prayers,
    Susan and Walter

  9. Catherine Leventhal :

    May you find comfort in the many memories you have shared. You and your loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers. Catherine Leventhal, NSDAR

  10. Mary and family, I send my most sincere condolences. I loved your dad very much. Sending prayers to all. He was a wonderful man the biggest gift he ever gave me was moving to Connecticut for that short. Of time and allowing me to get to know you and your family. They always made me feel so welcome when I had to drive by. Again sending you all love and prayers

  11. I am truly sorry for your lost and want to extend my sincerest condolences. Psalms 36:9, refers to God as “the source of life”. May you find comfort in knowing that the one who gave life to all living creatures is capable of restoring life to your loved one who has passed. He hates death and yearns to bring back those who are in His memory and to see them live on earth again. 1 Corinthians 15:26

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